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At old Atlanta International Raceway

     Here's another in a series of historic NASCAR races now on DVD from Rare Sportsfilms, Inc. - all the highlights of the 4th annual spring race at AIR, the 1963 "Atlanta 500"! Available in COLOR, this DVD shows the cars and drivers in action 35 years ago! See official qualifications, work in the garage area, pit stops during the race, the victory lane celebration and the great drivers of those days gone by: Buck Baker, Bob Cooper, Junior Johnson, Bobby Isaac and many others including A.J. Foyt and even Parnelli Jones, who just two months later would become forever famous for winning the 1963 Indianapolis 500!

     In 1963, Atlanta International Raceway (AIR) was only 4 years old - the tall pines that surround the track today were little more than seedlings, and there were no covered seats, other than those few under the small scoring booth - quite a contrast to the large press box that later towered over what is now the backstretch of modern Atlanta Motor Speedway!

     Delayed by rain, the race actually starts under yellow and clearing skies, but soon 46 cars take the green flag with Junior Johnson and his white #3 Chevrolet on the pole and Fred Lorenzen on the outside, front row! Johnson and A.J. Foyt (who starts 4th) battle during the early stages of the race, but Junior makes an early exit with piston problems after only 65 laps. A.J. drops out after 126 laps with transmission troubles. During the middle stages of the race, Bobby Johns and lil' Joe Weatherly, both driving Pontiacs, battle for the lead for many miles.

     During the race, less fortunate drivers are forced to retire early. John Sudderth spins out after only 16 laps. Jim Norton's #65 Dodge blows on lap 84. Len Sutton in his #07 Pontiac blows and spins on lap 125. Parnelli Jones blows a tire on a piece of exhaust pipe lying on the track and spins out of the race after 133 laps. Buck Baker blows his engine on lap 157. Fireball Roberts spins in oil. Red Foote loses a wheel on the backstretch. Later Joe Weatherly and Rex White are overcome by carbon monoxide exhaust fumes and are forced to get relief drivers. Finally, Fred Lorenzen, driving a steady race in his white #28 Ford, passes Bobby Johns for first place on lap 268 and wins the 334 lap event for the second year in a row!

     To add this new 28-minute DVD of vintage NASCAR racing footage to your collection, send $29.95 plus $4.00 shipping to: (Illinois residents must add $2.00 sales tax!)

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